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  1. JoshW

    JoshW Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    G'day all, thank you in advance for having me.

    First and foremost, Mark, your YouTube channel has been an inspiration to finally get up and do something with my backyard. My wallet says this will be a slow journey, but slow is better than sitting there, spinning the wheels going nowhere.

    To everyone else, thank you in advance for putting up with my silly questions.

    I currently have a 8m x 0.7m wide veggie "strip". This year we planted tomatoes, which didn't go so well. I plan on putting a 1m wide, 50cm high minimum raised bed around my backyard.

    To make this happen I need to build a retaining wall and some stairs first, and given the price of materials & equipment hire this will take what time I have this winter, given that we are also expecting baby #2 in early May.

    Anyway, thanks for having me!
     
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    Welcome Josh, I'm from the Albury area too.

    What is your soil like? mine is compacted clay, nice when it's wet, but rock hard when it dries out.
     
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    Hi Andrew,

    My soil sounds a lot like yours, I dug out the aforementioned garden and put in a cubic metre of veggie mix from Peards. Things grew a lot better in there, but still nowhere good enough to recognise return of effort.

    When I do my raised bed in the backyard, I will shop around a bit more as I'll need a fair few cubic metres to fill. I'll also explore the option of "rolling your own" to see if it's cheaper to mix my own up.

    I don't have the luxury of tipper access to the backyard either, will be trailered to the shed and then the good old shovel and wheelbarrow will get a workout. This is bad for me as 8 years of fitting truck tyres (old school, no fancy machine) has left me with a ruined back and shot knee (all before my 25th birthday!) Also working in an office has made me a bit soft ahaha.
     
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    Hi Josh
    Built a few service station up there
    Welcome to the site
     
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    I got my soil from the rockyard, $54/mtr. Same situation as you, trailer & wheelbarrow. It's a great workout!

    A 3mtr x 1.2 mtr x 400mm high bed took about 1.5 mtrs to fill.

    Maybe look at getting some claybreaker from Peards, it will help to loosen up the clay so roots can penetrate. Now is the ideal time to use it with this rain.
     
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    I haven't got the beds in yet. My backyard currently floods due to a cracked pipe. I'm going to start digging the pipe out with the rain though. Then I'll have a retaining wall and stairs to build and then I finally get to start on the beds hehehehe.

    The Rockyard price you have said, if still the same, is cheaper than what I paid. I reckon about $10 cheaper. And I reckon they'd be closer too ahahaha. Thanks
     
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    Welcome, agree slow is better than sitting there, Ive been siting on the block for 10 years just not enough time, but starting up now.
    cheers
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    Got into the veggie strip over the long weekend. Planted Spinach, lettuce, carrots, onions and some beetroot. Some bird netting this time to keep the pests out. And the toddler.
     

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    Bird netting is a great idea to help protect the garden
    cheers Lucas
     
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    I wanted to put in proper posts and 30/50% shadecloth in when I planted the tomatoes. I'm glad I didn't because it was going to be pretty pricey for just that bit. Doing the raised beds in the backyard I'll likely use the netting as well, as it's relatively inexpensive in comparison to shadecloth. I will buy online rather than big green shed when I work out how much I'll need.
     
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    Looking good Josh - love it! :)
     
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    Thanks for all the great motivational videos Mark! Everything is sprouting and looking great. Direct sowing made life so much easier too.
     
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